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Lucille & Ed

The sun peeked through scattered clouds and shone over endless vineyard acres. June had stripped them of their summer greens revealing, intriguingly, an equally captivating winter form and we were thrilled to be once more amongst the breathtaking landscape of the Hunter Valley.  Almost in a straight line, in the heart of Pokolbin, stands Tempus Two – the grand wine estate that would be home to an evening of amazing stories, songs, celebrations and dancing , then onwards down Broke Road is the stunning Mecure Resort – where a bride and groom calmly readied themselves  and further still is the magestic Hunter Valley Gardens, sheltered from the weather, it has some of the most amazing gardens, flowers in full bloom and was the perfect venue for a beautiful lakeside ceremony and some pretty gorgeous photos.

When Lucille and Ed embraced under that gorgeous rotunda  it just seemed to feel like everything was as it should always be. Together they roamed the gardens in wedded bliss and revealed in their “us” –  giggling over and over as words spoken to each other – “Husband” “Wife” turned quickly to “Hubby” “Wifey”.

They are both equally loved and respected by their family and friends and their reception was one of our favourites’ that we have attended.  Nestled within an amazing barrel room, toasts we’re made in their honour and Ed’s band got the party started after an amazing meal of fabulous food. Ed – you guys are actually brilliant. So so impressed with your drumming skills! The night was filled with so much laughter and fun. It was fantastic

Lucille and Ed – what a perfect day. We are so honoured that you asked us to capture such a special occasion.We wish you both the very best and we have no doubt amazing things are in store for you both. Congratulations again,

Love

E& Ez x

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Clara and Matt became “Clara and Matt”

Clara’s energy is magnetic. She is deeply connected and soulful one moment and a firecracker of character and laughter the next. The night we met her and maid of honour Naomi felt much more like a gathering of friends discussing one of the girl’s upcoming wedding over drinks and giggles than a photography consultation. We instantly adored her (and Naomi!).

Matt is a Titan. A towering stature, stoic with an obvious soft side and after some serious health concerns he proclaimed to us that Clara has been his rock. He is warm and funny, LOVES to dance and when it comes to Clara – wears his heart on his sleeve.

On the last Saturday in May we made our way down  to the Southern Highlands and into Sutton Forest the home of the truly magical Montrose Berry Farm for flower girl Isabella’s First Birthday (oh and Clara and Matt’s wedding day). We went to work capturing all of the hard work and incredible heritage details in the crisp morning air and it became quite overwhelming just how much thought and special this day, these details were. A spanish guitarist practiced his chords,  while giant paella trays were being set up by the reception barn. Inside finishing touches to extraordinary table florals made by Matt’s cousin Richard were being laid, a Mexican Tres Leches (3 milk) cake took pride of place. Mulled wine aka “vino caliente” was being prepared in a soup pot.

A neighbour had made and engraved the date in Matt’s belt, a Mantila veil made by Clara’s  mother , a shawl knitted by her grandma years ago to wear on her wedding day, a simple embroidered handkerchief with the word Friday in spanish – a gift from her great grandmother when she was born – and used  in memory of the day Clara had met Matt. A flower crown,  reminiscent of the peasant girl celebrations of Guatemala, where Clara’s great-grandfather is from. And mind-blowingly a tiny chest of 13 gold coins – Clara’s “something old” – a a Hispanic tradition in El Salvador it was a gift from Clara’s Dad to her mother on their wedding day many years before.

“Everyone is special” Clara said to us. And you felt it. Clara and Matt are the most incredible hosts. Each and everyone family by blood or by heart and we felt so included in their generosity.  It was truly thrilling to be there. Their story is a usual one of boy meets girl but their connection is anything but common-place. No image can take the place of what these two amazing people felt for each other, what we all felt that day – they cannot tell you the whole story but we hope these may give you an idea.

Clara and Matt. We don’t know what to say. Thank you for inviting us into your story – for entrusting us with the magnitude of this day.  We are so grateful to live in a world that has love like yours. The world is better for it. We are better for it. Hope to have a tequila toast with you again soon!

E & Ez. x

 

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Waiting for Tomo

 Baby Tomo,

Your mum – she’s the most generous kindest person. Really. She’s actually the best.
Your Dad – he’s so funny and gentle.

You are so lucky little one.

We’re all waiting to meet you.

E & Ez x

D and Ben – We feel so honoured that you would ask us to come to your very special place (the Loft in the Mill in Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges) to take these photos for  you at such a special time. I can’t wait to see the photos when you bring Baby T back there to that one red door .. this time in arms.

As for that forest fit only for the very most special -  just  wow. 

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Hayley + Dane

“We are getting married at the Manhattan Super Bowl”. the email said.

Before writing back that we are photographers based in Sydney, Australia and we’d need to charge some serious travel to get all the way to Manhattan for their wedding … I thought I’d just do a quick Google search just to be sure there wasn’t in fact a Manhattan Super Bowl – in Sydney. There is.. It’s a crazy cool retro bowling alley, in Mascot.

Cue me jumping up and down like a crazy lady.

You see Hayley and Dane are the quintessence of cool and I’m pretty sure they are vying for most awesome unique FUN place to have their perfect rockabilly wedding.

This day was an absolute reflection of these two and their amazing circle of family and friends. The level of detail and care that went into each and every part of the day really was fantastic. We loved heading to Guys and Dolls in Redfern, for some seriously awesome men’s styling by genius Tommy J, and the girls we’re brilliantly made up by the fab girls from Dolls and Dames (girls please come show me how to do such awesome hair!).

We loved that all of their guests got on board with the rockabilly theme, the mini burgers served for dinner and we adored that one of Hayley’s closest friends was able to attend via Skype conference. There is nothing more perfect than a couple doing a wedding day their way…  and we we’re so stoked to be a part of it all.

Congratulations guys. Let the eye candy begin…

 

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Emily + Thomas

He was busy scrawling on torn up shoe boxes when we arrived at the hotel. Thomas was determined to remember to thank everyone who had helped bring his family to this day, his gorgeous little Mason crawled around beneath him as he focused on the words that he wanted to tell Mason’s mother.

A few doors down, Emily was dressing in the same hotel – in a whirlwind of activity she transformed from mother to supermodel bride. Her gorgeous Sienna looked up at her and told her “you look so beautiful mum”. Thomas had become the man of her deepest wishes and the father of her amazing kids and with all the hustle and bustle that the morning had brought – she just couldn’t wait to say I Do.

On a glorious May Day, Emily + Thomas we’re married. They officially joined them all as a family promising to be there for each other… when things were fantastic and when someone forgot their shirt ;).  They spent the afternoon having photographs in Hyde Park and then had a stunning sunset ceremony overlooking Darling Harbour, and a gorgeous fun reception at the fabulous Dockside.

These guys are incredibly blessed with amazing family and friends and we were honoured to be a small part in documenting their first day as husband and wife. We wish you only the very best. Congratulations.

Much Love
Erica + Erin

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Vanessa and Brett: Engaged

Vanessa and Brett are two of the sweetest people you are ever going to meet. The way they love each other is just beautiful to witness. Not to mention how they adore that gorgeous furbaby of theirs! (Kiara you won me over with the first moment we met when you immediately rolled over for belly rubs, and your willingness to sit for a treat is second to none!).

I had such a fabulous time with all three of them last week when we met up to take some photos at a gorgeous creek nearby their home. I could photograph love like this forever!  And the flower crowns… i think i’m becoming obsessed with flower crowns! Vanessa and Kiara looked awesome in them… and so did Brett hehe! (thanks for humoring us!)

We absolutely can not wait until next January when these guys will say “I Do” and I’m so excited that we will be the ones lucky enough to be documenting their beautiful, epic love story!

~Erin

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Carrie & Simon: A Love Story

I don’t know where to start this blog post because it sits so closely to my heart I’m afraid I’m going to gush personal memories from childhood. She’s my second cousin or “sister” as we’ve called ourselves since as long as we can remember. He was introduced to her by my brother  - they’ve been inseparable since.

When Carrie contacted me the evening after Simon had popped the question, I was beyond thrilled. Then she let me know that Simon actually had the ring in his pocket a few days earlier – the ENTIRE time we’d been taking these pictures of them together as a birthday present for miss Carrie. Whattt!!! :P I remember agreeing with Erin as we drove away from that session – those two are perfect for each other. I can’t wait till they get married!

Carrie has the kindest, biggest, sweetest soul and I wanted nothing but life to throw her an EPIC love story. She has always been the design student fashionista,  Simon the techy gamer and they complement each other brilliantly. The day Carrie and Simon married at the National Library was always going to be insanely special. Guys - I underestimated you.

Their day was nothing short of perfection. In its details, it was gorgeous. In the 1920′s literacy theme – it was all glamour. In the fact that it was 9 degrees with a blaring wind chill factor by Lake Burley Griffin – that made it feel more like 4 degrees – it couldn’t have been more comforting. More warm.  In two people commemorating their love – it was raw. It was beautiful. We were so honoured to be a part of it. 

Beautiful Simon and Carrie – we are so happy for you both. You’re the best “kinda-sister” and “kinda-brother in law” I could ever ask for and I can’t wait to see the amazing future you both will share together. x

Much Love
Erica (and Erin) x

 

 

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 (‘hey Simon – just want you to think for a few moments – you’re about to marry Carrie…’)

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meanwhile…

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the staircase at the Hyatt Canberra… a meeting place.

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Onto some portraits…

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lets get these guys married… the National Library. Where great stories are kept.

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Kristin and Tim, Culburra Beach

It’s a tiny spot on the vast map of Australia, a mere blip unavailable to the naked eye on the map of the world but a few weeks ago we we’re lucky enough to journey to Culburra Beach, this tiny little NSW coastal town and immerse ourselves amongst the special holiday retreat that Kristin and Tim’s families have come to love over many years.   Unassuming – it has some of the most spectacular coastal views we’ve ever seen, and the night of Kristin + Tim’s wedding – for 10 minutes only on a tiny pier in this tiny spot, this mere blip – we were all witness to “THE Sunset”. We will forever be thankful to these guys for taking us there… it was an experience we will never forget.

Kristin, Tim and their kids are somewhat of a Brady Bunch family brought together in serendipitous circumstances and thriving. Their love for their beautiful family and each other is bright, energetic, forever.  They are such a fun family and funny individuals. A highlight was Tim’s eldest son – Cajun’s – best man speech – “I’ve known him my whole life, I won’t go into details about how we met”.  Kids with that much personality have special upbringings. Kristin and Tim have this charismatic energy, one which radiates in their interactions with each other and their loved ones.

I adore a good backyard wedding and this was one of the best. It was high on emotion, energy, laughter,  crazy skies, and general crazy, beautiful good times. You can tell a lot about a couple by the people they surround themselves with. Getting to know some of the guests at this wedding  we  were left with no doubt that we we’re dealing with some Grade A family here.  It was a truly memorable day of two people in love bringing a family together.  And … that sunset. wow. I hope you enjoy their story.

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Cait + Nate say I Do

Oh it was fun! Cait has this amazing smile that literally  makes those around her feel sensational - you really cannot look at that grin without finding yourself smiling too (see below!) . Nate of course, is utterly betwitched by her fabulousness.. and my goodness he loves her. The world needs more couples like these… best friends, madly in love… out to make life fun, happy to be silly one moment together and passionate the next.

The Wedding was held at the stunning Loxley on Bluebell – which found itself way up to the very top of our favourite venues to work at … the gardens are spectacular, the food was AH-MAZING and the staff were so beautiful and welcoming.

Cait + Nate opted for a first look so that they could have plenty of time for portraits around the gardens and spend their cocktail hour with their guests. Oh I’m so glad they did … really Nate’s reaction to seeing Cate completely swept us away. We feel pretty honoured to have witnessed and captured this kind of connection.

Guys – what you have is so special! We absolutely adore you both! Congratulations on a truly beautiful fun filled day. Wishing you both so much joy for so many years to come!

 

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The Cox Family welcome Jack

On Erin’s big day trip to Brisbane Botanical Gardens she met up with the beautiful Cox family. Jack has entered the world since last we saw these guys and it was fantastic opportunity to update their family photos and capture the epic smiles and bright blue eyes of little Jack. Here’s some of our faves:

 

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